Rose Mofford

Lived:June 10, 1922—September 15, 2016 (aged 94)
Career:Governor of Arizona, 1988-1991
Secretary of State of Arizona, 1977-1988

Rose Mofford served as the governor of Arizona from 1988 to 1991. She was the first female governor of Arizona.

Mofford was born in Globe, Arizona, on June 10, 1922. After graduation from high school, she worked as a secretary for Arizona state treasurer Joe Hunt, following him when he was promoted to the Arizona Tax Commission. In 1945, she became business manager for "Arizona Highways," returning to the commission in 1947 as executive secretary. Following Hunt's retirement in 1960, the new commissioner fired Mofford because he preferred to have a man in that position. Mofford then worked as an executive secretary for Secretary of State Wesley Bolin until 1975, when she became assistant director of the State Revenue Department—formerly the Tax Commission.

In 1977, Mofford was appointed Arizona secretary of state, the first female to hold this position, when Bolin assumed office as governor after Governor Raúl Castro resigned to become U.S. ambassador to Argentina. She elected secretary of state in 1978 and served in that position until becoming acting governor when Governor Evan Mecham was impeached on February 8, 1988. After Mecham's conviction in April 1988, Mofford was sworn in as governor. She declined to run for a full term in 1990.

Mofford died in Phoenix, Arizona, on September 15, 2016.